The Unvarnished Torah
The Unvarnished Torah: Observations, Questions and Answers of a Jewish Lawyer by Sidney Mishkin published by IBJ Book Publishing.
Sidney Mishkin is a practicing Jew who loves and respects the Torah. At the same time, he analyzes the Torah’s texts with unique observations, questions that must be asked and answers that give the Tradition a vote but not a veto.
Mishkin discusses why he believes the Akeda was Abraham’s test of God, not vice versa. He asks why God told Moses at the Burning Bush to misrepresent to Pharaoh God’s plan to free the Israelites from Egypt. He also makes the case the Israelites were forced laborers in Egypt, not slaves.
Mishkin identifies justices and injustices in the Torah. He writes about Righteous Gentiles and undeserving Jewish heroes and pariahs. He points out how the absence of a good lawyer and God’s own failure to act each can be said to have caused a generation of Israelites to wander in the wilderness for thirty-eight years.
This book challenges all to reexamine their understanding of the Torah’s text, while at the same time maintaining their reverence for Judaism.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the first edition of this book will go to the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck.
* $33.95 Purchase price includes $29.95 for the book and $4.00 for shipping and handling
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